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Cello & Piano Recital - Victoria Simonsen & Warren Mailley-Smith


Location: Church, St. Mark’s Church, Purley

Including music by Beethoven, Schumann and Paganini

Beethoven: Variations for cello & piano in E flat major on Mozart's "Bei Männern," WoO 46
Schumann: 5 pieces in folk style
Paganini: Rossini-Variations
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53: "Waldstein"
Chopin: Nocturne in B flat minor Op 9 no. 1
Chopin: Souvenir de Paganini
Chopin: Minute Waltz Op 64 No. 1
Chopin: Ballade no. 1. Op 23

In 2016 Warren Mailley-Smith became the first British pianist to perform Chopin's complete works for solo piano from memory in a series of 11 recitals at St John's Smith Square. Hailed by the critics as an "epic achievement", Mailley-Smith will repeat the series at several venues in 2021.

He has given acclaimed solo recitals at The Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall and has performed for the British Royal Family on numerous occasions. One of the busiest concert pianists of his generation and will give over 100 solo performances next season.

His career has taken him all over the world, with solo performances in Australia, Europe and most recently solo tours in China and the USA. He is a popular soloist on the London concert scene and performs regularly in music societies, festivals, schools and concert halls throughout the uk and abroad and as guest artist on several of the world’s most famous cruise liners.

He has 30 piano concertos in his repertoire, having made his concerto debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

His recordings have been featured by Classic FM as CD of the Week and are featured regularly on Classic FM and the BBC.

He is also an active chamber musician and is the Artistic Director of the Piccadilly Chamber Music Series and The Piccadilly Sinfonia.


London-based cellist Victoria Simonsen has been described by The Strad as ‘a musician of rare quality’, ‘beautifully sensitive and composed’ by The Times and ‘utterly compelling’ by The Observer. A passionate chamber musician, she is currently a member of the Rautio Piano Trio, with whom she records for Resonus Classics. Her chamber music performances have been broadcast on radio in the UK, Germany and New Zealand and concerts have included Wigmore Hall and the Purcell Room London. She also is in demand for TV and film recording sessions. Victoria was Principal Cellist with Opera North before enjoying a decade as a member of the Philharmonia Orchestra, regularly touring throughout Europe, Asia, North and South America. She also gave frequent workshops and coaching as part of the Philharmonia’s education department. She has appeared as Guest Principal with many of the UK’s major orchestras, including televised performances at the BBC Proms with the CBSO and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Her 2021/22 season included performances as guest principal with the Liverpool Philharmonic and the Royal Opera House.

Victoria grew up in Auckland, New Zealand, and won the 2002 NZ Young Musician of the Year and Patricia Pratt Scholarship before travelling to the UK for postgraduate studies with Karine Georgian and Ralph Kirshbaum, graduating with the Royal Northern College of Music’s gold medal prize. Studies followed in Germany and as a string quartet fellow at the Guildhall School of Music. Whilst a student her awards included winning the Royal Over-Seas League Strings Competition, Johann-Andreas-Stein-Wettbewerb, the prestigious Silver Medal of the Worshipful Company of Musicians, as well as being selected as a Countess of Munster Recital Soloist and for an ECHO Rising Stars concert season. Since 2015, Victoria has been a member of the cello faculty at the Royal Northern College of Music.

Tickets: £15.00
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If you are unable to order your tickets online, please send a cheque, made payable to St. Mark’s Church, to our Churchwarden:
Mrs Brenda Knight
13 Hamilton Way
020 3723 9028
Please indicate which event you want tickets for and include your name and phone number or email address for reply or in case of query. The tickets will be set aside for you to collect on the door. Cheques must reach Brenda by Thursday 29th September.
If you wish to purchase your tickets on the door, we would be very grateful if you could email stating your name, the event and the number of tickets so that we have an idea of numbers for catering purposes.

Enquiries :

Friday 7th October
19:30 – doors open 19:00
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